Chutzpah: Strange or a Stranger?

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.

chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment.

I often wonder about the social norms found in the bar scene. I haven’t frequented bars in over ten years so the lively engagements are long ago memories. I had the opportunity to embrace and relive the wonders of “people watching “at a bar while on my girl’s weekend. I have training in “people watching” during my years of teaching and my education in Special Education. I often evaluate behaviors and determine if the appropriate social cognition was implemented. I actually saw more than one example of misread socially acceptable behavior while in the “bar”.

I am a yenta by nature. I love to talk but on this trip I tried to observe and listen. I found it to be more entertaining than talking. I was ease dropping on the conversation of the people behind me. There was a beautiful girl and a nice looking gentleman holding hands. They were laughing and enjoying some champagne. Then enters a stranger who began to tumble over his words in apology. It turns out he had made a pass earlier at this young lady. He did not realize she was spoken for and in a relationship. I gather he had spoken to this young lady in an effort to gain her affection. He apologized to her boyfriend. The boyfriend then explained that they had gotten engaged this evening. The chutzpah comes into to play when the gentleman asks to sit with this newly engaged pair to hear the story of their engagement. This is when he get to be more fun. He kept talking, talking, and talking. It was clear this pair wanted to enjoy their engagement alone.

 

Tip: If you do not know someone when they get engaged do not sit with them and ask one million questions they are not interested in speaking with you.

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